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Convair UC-880 Tanker

A US Navy Convair UC-880 refueling an F-14

An air-to-air left side view of a UC-880 Convair aircraft assigned to the Naval Air Test Center, Naval Air Station, Patuxent River, refueling a TA-4J Skyhawk aircraft.

A Convair UC-880 aircraft, the only such aircraft in U.S. Navy service, refuels an F/A-18A Hornet aircraft. The Convair is assigned to Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, and is employed in Tomahawk cruise missile testing and refueling aircraft procedures.

The United States Navy purchased one 880 which was modified as an in-flight tanker. Unofficially designated UC-880, it was assigned to the Naval Air Test Center, Patuxent River, and employed in Tomahawk cruise missile testing and aircraft refueling procedures. The UC-880 was destroyed in a cargo hold explosion test at NAS Patuxent River, Maryland in 1995.

Image Source:

http://www.dodmedia.osd.mil/DVIC_View/Still_Details.cfm?SDAN=DNST9210041&JPGPath=/Assets/Still/1992/Navy/DN-ST-92-10041.JPG

http://www.dodmedia.osd.mil/DVIC_View/Still_Details.cfm?SDAN=DNSC8611792&JPGPath=/Assets/Still/1986/Navy/DN-SC-86-11792.JPG

http://www.dodmedia.osd.mil/DVIC_View/Still_Details.cfm?SDAN=DNSC9210044&JPGPath=/Assets/Still/1992/Navy/DN-SC-92-10044.JPG

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May 2, 2010 - Posted by | 1990s, CV-880, External View, F-14, F-18, Probe/Drogue, Uncategorized | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Cool stuff!
    Fond of the Navy stuff so far.
    Going to put you on the blog roll at both of my blogs.
    Old Retired Petty Officer(Blogger) and Among the Joshua Trees(WordPress)

    Comment by ORPO1 | January 4, 2011 | Reply

  2. I workedhis a/c for 9 years. She was a great a/c. She ended her life thee at Pax River, Used her to test explosive bagage containers and then chopped her up. I have the pictures of her being destoryed. I also have a hand paint picture of her.

    Comment by Tom Lynch | March 30, 2012 | Reply


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